We are five years into the Syrian civil war, with no end in sight. Every day there is a horrific new story to come to terms with. This week alone, Donald Trump Jnr compared Syrian refugees to Skittles in a appalling attempt to encourage US citizens to fear Syrian refugees, the ceasefire that was so painstakingly negotiated collapsed and an unknown amount of people have lost their lives.

Sometimes it can be difficult to remember how much good there is in the world. But amidst all the brutality, there are reasons to hope.

Six-year-old Alex is one of them.

If you want to learn more about the Syrian civil war, check out this video from Vox that explains the causes of the conflict and the key players.

If you want to donate, there are loads of organisations to choose from such as Save The Children  and UNICEF.

Alex, you might be small, but your heart certainly isn’t.

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